New York connections: LSU safety Jamal Adams has some _lowres

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU safety Jamal Adams (33) intercepts an Auburn pass near the end of the second quarter, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015 in Baton Rouge.

Jamal Adams might see a few familiar faces in the stands of the Carrier Dome on Saturday morning.

LSU’s sophomore safety said he has some family in Hackensack, N.J., which is about a four-hour drive from Syracuse’s campus. Adams’ father, George, lived in Hackensack when he played for the NFL’s New York Giants from 1985-1989.

Adams is hopeful his relatives will be in attendance when the No. 8 Tigers (2-0) take on Syracuse (3-0) at 11 a.m.

“Hopefully they can get off work. If so, you’ll see a lot of them there,” he said. “I definitely want them to come, but you know how work gets busy sometimes, especially in New York.”

Though Adams went to high school in Texas, he said he’s familiar with a lot of places in and around New York. Should his family make it to the game, it’ll be a homecoming of sorts for the sophomore safety.

“They don’t get to come down and see me,” Adams said. “I haven’t seen them in a couple of years. For them to come to my game would be awesome.”

‘Little’ sister?

Reporters had a laugh following LSU’s 45-21 win against Auburn last Saturday when cornerback Tre’Davious White said the Tigers’ offensive linemen treated running back Leonard Fournette like “their little sister.”

On Monday, Fournette’s offensive linemen were laughing as well at the analogy, especially for a bruising 6-foot-1, 230-pound running back.

“I heard about it, and it made me laugh a little,” right guard Will Clapp said. “It’s kind of a funny analogy, but it’s like that for your running backs and quarterback all the time. We don’t want anybody getting an extra hit or anything on him.”

“This is the first I’m hearing about it,” left tackle Jerald Hawkins said with a smile. “We’re their big brothers, so yeah, we take care of Leonard and all of our backs. Little sister? That’s funny.”

White stands by what he said.

“Big brothers tend to protect their little sisters more than they do their little brothers,” he said.

Dome sweet dome

Sophomore receiver Malachi Dupre peered through his horn-rimmed glasses at the floodlights ringing the field of LSU’s indoor practice facility and said he was eager to see what the lights and backdrop will be like Saturday when the Tigers play Syracuse in the Carrier Dome.

“It’ll be different,” Dupre said, “but it can’t be any tougher than catching the ball in here.”

Saturday’s game in the Carrier Dome will be LSU’s 35th game indoors. Overall, the Tigers are 26-8 in domed stadiums, featuring a 13-5 record in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and a 9-2 mark in the Georgia Dome.

LSU is 12-3 in domes under Miles, and all but one of those games was against ranked opponents. Miles won 10 straight games in domes from the 2005 Peach Bowl to the 2011 SEC Championship Game.

Shaq is back

White admitted Monday he was trying to get former LSU and NBA star Shaquille O’Neal’s attention while O’Neal was being introduced on-field to the Tiger Stadium crowd during a TV timeout of the win over Auburn.

White, a Los Angeles Lakers fan who likes to call himself Shaq White in honor of his boyhood hero, was standing with a large group of teammates near the sideline just a few feet from O’Neal.

“I really was,” White said of trying to get O’Neal’s attention. “I’ve never met him personally, but obviously, he’s one of my all-time favorite players.”

White said he thought about going to get a quick handshake from O’Neal but didn’t because they were still milling around the huddle. When told he would have gotten away with it, he said, “I would have, but it’s cool.”

Going for 50

LSU will be trying to win its 50th straight nonconference regular season game Saturday at Syracuse. The Tigers’ last such loss was in 2002 at Virginia Tech.

LSU is 39-0 in nonconference regular-season games under Miles. The Tigers and Orange have only met twice in football, both in bowls.

LSU won the 1965 Sugar Bowl 13-10, while Syracuse won the 1989 Hall of Fame (now Outback) Bowl 23-10.


A replay of the LSU-Syracuse game will air on the SEC Network at 9 a.m. Sunday and 11 a.m. Tuesday. Another airing will begin at 3 a.m. Tuesday on ESPN2.